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    A super-cool reveal, the impending WWE draft and behind-the-scenes reports surrounding the Money in the Bank briefcase dominate this week in sports-entertainment overreaction.

    But is any of it warranted or are WWE fans, as they tend to do from time to time, jumping to conclusions and reacting instinctively rather than thinking of the long-term effects of the company’s short-term booking decisions?

    Find out as we dive deeper into those topics.

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    WrestleVotes reported Tuesday night that multiple storylines have been pitched regarding Otis losing the Money in the Bank briefcase, but since he is a personal favorite of Vince McMahon’s, it’s a “no go” for now.

    The responses ranged from “I like Otis but…” to “Otis can’t be taken seriously,” with the one constant theme being he never should have won the thing in the first place.

    And he shouldn’t have.

    Otis got over as a lovable midcard babyface who gyrated and did his Caterpillar finisher to roars from the crowd, like Scotty 2 Hotty or Rikishi before him. And as we found out in 2000 when it came time to push Rikishi to the main event, it fell flat. Why? Because he was perfectly acceptable as a crowd-pleasing comedy act but lacked the tools to hang with the top stars on the show.

    Does anyone believe Otis stands a chance against Roman Reigns? Does anyone think for a second that he could stand toe-to-toe with The Fiend and win the Universal Championship? Braun Strowman? Those three characters are totally different beasts. Their credibility is so much higher than Otis’ that it’s almost inconceivable he could share the ring with them, let alone cash in Money in the Bank for the title.

    None of this is his fault, though.

    It was, ironically enough,

WWE, primarily known for its professional wrestling broadcasts, announced Tuesday that Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini is joining its board.


Nardini has headed Barstool, a sports and pop culture blog founded by Dave Portnoy, since 2016. She oversaw the partnership with one of Barstool’s primary investors, Penn National Gaming, which acquired 36 percent of the company for roughly $163 million in cash earlier this year and launched Barstool Sportsbook.

The deal valued Barstool at $450 million and positioned the casino operator to take a majority stake in the company in the future.

“Erika is a seasoned executive with a tremendous track record of building businesses, developing experiences and engaging different audiences across the media ecosystem,” Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Her entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen and understanding of today’s consumers will serve as a perfect addition to our board of directors.”

Nardini has launched more than 35 brands, including breakout franchises in sports, entertainment, female lifestyle, business and sports-betting under Barstool.

She also spearheaded the development of more than 1,500 social accounts, a radio channel on SiriusXM and a flavored vodka in North America called Pink Whitney.

WWE has taken major hits during the coronavirus pandemic, with dozens of employees and talent testing positive for the virus, halting production in the summer.

The media company’s shares were down 45% in September from a year earlier, a decline set off by the unexpected ousting of WWE’s two co-presidents and board members George Barrios and Michelle Wilson in January.


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